Arsenal’s injured forward Olivier Giroud has committed himself to the Gunners until 2018 with the club set to announce news of a contract extension in the near future.
The deal is set to be in the region of £80,000 a week, according to the Mirror.
This contract extension comes in addition to the likelihood that Mikel Arteta; also an injured Arsenal player, has been offered a new one-year contract extension and is keen to accept it, according to the Mail Online.
These signings further enhance the options which Arsene Wenger will have at his disposal in the next few months as Arteta returns from injury and Giroud will hope to return as quickly as possible.
With the signings of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez the Arsenal boss has a lot more cover up front considering Theo Walcott has missed the early stages of the season through injury also. Once Walcott returns Wenger will have a difficult choice to make, but playing a front three of Sanchez, Walcott and Welbeck through the middle could be an option and would be extremely tough for opposing defences to deal with.
Once Giroud does return then the competition for places will really hot up and this could drive Arsenal forward as the season comes to its conclusion and as each of these strikers vie for their place in the Gunners’ starting line up.
Giroud is a presence and uses strength and positioning to outwit defences whereas Walcott and Sanchez use pace and trickery; Welbeck gives the Arsenal forward line a runner who can receive the ball in behind defences and when put in one on one with the keeper he usually comes out on top.
Arteta on the other hand adds that bit of steel needed in a side with so many attacking players. Aaron Ramsey, who is ruled out through injury at the moment, Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil are all players who like to do the majority of their work in the final third.
Arteta is now club captain but whether he is the man to play in that role in the future could be up for debate. Unless Jack Wilshere can step up to this task the 32-year-old will hold onto his position and possibly extend his stay at the Emirates for at least another year.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena.
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